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Congratulations to Kobena Mercer

Yale University Press Congratulates its 2024 CAA Prizewinners

Kobena Mercer, winner of the 2024 Frank Jeett Mather Award for Art Criticism and the author of
Alain Locke and the Visual Arts.


“Mercer’s sumptuously illustrated study . . . succeeds in positioning Locke as an important philosophical voice in the ‘not yet finalized story of Afro-modern art and culture.’”—Douglas Field, Times Literary Supplement

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Alex Kitnick speaks at the Institute for Contemporary Art

Friday, Apr 14, 6:00 PM–8:00 PM

If the title of artist Rafael Domenech’s experimental publishing pavilion on the ICA’s third floor, The Medium is the Massage, seems familiar, that’s because it’s borrowed from a highly influential 1967 book by trailblazing media theorist Marshall McLuhan.

For anyone curious about the theoretical ghost behind the artwork, on Friday, April 14, at 6 pm, ICA Director of Community Media Chioke l’Anson and art historian Alex Kitnick will come together to draw McLuhan’s vital thinking out into fuller and brighter view.

In an evening of conversation, Chioke and Alex will guide us into McLuhan’s field-defining world of ideas, discussing, for instance, his famous notion that “the medium is the message,” and explaining how that “message” turned into a “massage.” Situating his arguments within the broader context of communication theory, they’ll show us how McLuhan’s writings can be used to understand the modern media landscape. Along the way, they’ll elaborate on McLuhan’s specific and unusual critical voice, one developed to try to account for changing modes of looking and reading, and one that argued that artists can play a part in the shaping of the world to come—and expand on why these notions still urgently matter today.

Location: True Farr Luck Gallery, third floor.

About the Speakers:

Chioke I’Anson is Director of Community Media at the VPM+ICA Community Media Center. He is formerly Assistant Professor of African American Studies at VCU and currently a voice of underwriting at NPR. Chioke has a PhD in philosophy from the University of South Florida and has been heard on podcasts such as Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, Everything is AliveLove + Radio, and The 11th.

Alex Kitnick teaches art history and criticism at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, and is a frequent contributor to publications including 4ColumnsArtforum, and October. His book Distant Early Warning: Marshall McLuhan and the Transformation of the Avant-Garde was published by University of Chicago Press in 2021.

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Artforum features two Art History and Visual Culture Faculty

Susan Aberth on “Supernatural in America”


Alex Kitnick on “Lifes”

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Katherine Boivin to speak at University of Toronto Conference

Netherlandish Carved Altarpieces
International Conference
May 12-14, 2022

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Review of Katherine Boivin’s Riemenschneider in Rothenburg

The Art History and Visual Culture Program celebrate’s Katherine Bovin’s book:

22.01.25 Boivin, Riemenschneider in Rothenburg

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Best Art Books of 2021

The art critics of The New York Times have selected their favorites from this year’s crop of art books.  Among Roberta Smith’s favorites is

Doris Lee (1905-1983) worked simultaneously as a fine and a commercial artist, illustrating “The Rodgers and Hart Songbook,” while exhibiting paintings with the still-extant AAA Galleries in Manhattan. The paintings, which combined Grandma Moses with the textured color fields of Milton Avery cheerfully reflect this duality. This catalog, by Melissa Wolfe, and a traveling show at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pa., (through Jan. 9) should begin to end her obscurity. (Westmoreland Museum of Art and Giles Ltd., London)

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Congratulations Alex Kitnick on your new book!

Marshall McLuhan (1911–1980) is best known as a media theorist—many consider him the founder of media studies—but he was also an important theorist of art. Though a near-household name for decades due to magazine interviews and TV specials, McLuhan remains an underappreciated yet fascinating figure in art history. His connections with the art of his own time were largely unexplored, until now. In Distant Early Warning, art historian Alex Kitnick delves into these rich connections and argues both that McLuhan was influenced by art and artists and, more surprisingly, that McLuhan’s work directly influenced the art and artists of his time.


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Congratulations to Katherine Boivin on the publication of her book!

Riemenschneider in Rothenburg
Sacred Space and Civic Identity in the Late Medieval City
Katherine M. Boivin, Assistant Professor at Bard College
Penn State University Press, 2021

“Riemenschneider in Rothenburg” should be of great interest to art historians and others. It sheds light on a major figure of the Northern ‘Renaissance’ and also on issues of civic contextualization that are of current interest. The scholarship is thorough and careful. It is, in short, an excellent book.” —Richard Kieckhefer, author of Theology in Stone: Church Architecture from Byzantium to Berkeley


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Congratulations to Olga Touloumi!

Olga Touloumi, Assistant Professor of Architectural Historyhas been awarded the National Endowment of the Humanities Summer Stipends Award to support her scholarly humanities book project, specifically, “The Global Interior: Modern Architecture and the Ordering of the World.” 
–   Professor Touloumi joins other NEH Summer Stipends Awardees in pursuing advanced, new research recognized to be of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. In the last five competitions, the NEH Summer Stipends program received an average of 834 applications per year, and made an average of 77 awards per year, for a funding ratio of 9 percent.

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Reiko Tomii in conversation with Alex Kitnick

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